Leadership Day

May 23-24, 2023

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Overview of Leadership Day

Welcome to Leadership Day 2023, the College’s annual two-day advocacy event held in Washington, D.C. that enables ACP to increase its presence on Capitol Hill and bring our issues of concern to U.S. lawmakers. The event will be held on May 23-24 at the Salamander Hotel (formerly the Mandarin Oriental Hotel) in Washington, DC which is a short metro ride or taxi ride to Congressional offices. 

We have an exciting program and experience in store for you, including many educational briefings on the key policies you will be discussing with lawmakers. For more information about the logistics of the meetings, how you will access your schedules and other resources, please view the What to Expect at Leadership Day 2023 memo and ACP’s Congressional Meetings FAQs. We highly recommend you review them before coming to Leadership Day.

The Role of Chapters and ACP Members

The involvement of our chapters and our ACP advocates is vital to the effectiveness of our advocacy efforts, and that includes your participation in Leadership Day. This event is our most critical advocacy event of the year, providing you the opportunity to learn about and advocate for legislation that directly impacts internal medicine physicians and their patients, have valuable meetings with lawmakers, and most importantly provide your real-world perspective as a physician on how policies being contemplated by Congress impact your patients. Your voice and your involvement, as constituents, in the legislative process can make all the difference in your lawmakers’ decision whether to support or oppose a given policy proposal. As always, we appreciate the time that you take away from your practice, your patients, and your family to be here in Washington advocating with us for the greater good.

Happy Hour Reception for Medical Student and Resident/Fellow in-training Members

There will be a happy hour reception for medical student and Resident/Fellow in-training members only from 6:00 – 8:00pm ET on Tuesday (May 23). 

ACP Services PAC Meet-and-Greet Event

There will also be a meet-and-greet event with members of Congress hosted by ACP Services PAC from 6:00 – 7:00pm ET on Tuesday (May 23). This meet-and-greet event will be open to ACP Services PAC members and by invitation only.

ACP member participation in both Leadership Day and the Advocates for Internal Medicine Network are critically important to the overall and ongoing success of ACP’s advocacy program. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at Leadership Day 2023.


NOTE: All times below EDT

Tuesday, May 23

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President

Omar T. Atiq, MD, FACP

Isaac O. Opole, MBChB, PhD, FACP
President, ACP Services, Inc.

Priya Radhakrishnan, MD, FACP
Chair, Board of Governors

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Washington Update

Shari Erickson, ACP Senior Vice President and Chief Advocacy Officer, Governmental Affairs and Public Policy

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Advocacy Workshop: Making the Most of Your Hill Meetings
David Pugach, Vice President, Governmental Affairs and Public Policy

12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.


1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

CMS Panel Discussion on Issues Impacting Physician Practices

Moderator: Brian Outland, PhD, Director, Regulatory Affairs, ACP

Panelists: Susannah M. Bernheim, MD, MHS, Chief Quality Officer/Senior Advisor, CMS Innovation Center
Doug Jacobs, MD, MPH, Chief Transformation Officer, Center for Medicare, CMS
Aditi Mallick, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, CMS
Shari Ling, MD, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, CMS, and Medical Officer, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Congressional Staff Panel: Understanding the Current Landscape
Moderator: George Lyons, JD, MBA, Director, Legislative Affairs, ACP

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.


3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Finding Your Voice as a Physician Advocate
Kavita Patel, MD

4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Awards Ceremony
Priya Radhakrishnan, MD, FACP
Chair, Board of Governors

4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Chapter Congressional Meeting Preparation
Shuan Tomlinson
Senior Analyst, State Health Policy and Grassroots Advocacy

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Welcome to Washington Reception hosted by ACP Services, Inc. Political Action Committee (PAC); Open to 2023 ACP Services PAC members only

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Happy Hour Reception for Medical Student and Resident/Fellow in-training Members Only

Wednesday, May 24

7:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Rep. Kim Schrier (D-WA)
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)

9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Capitol Hill Visits


The American College of Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Physicians designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Claim your CME credit at https://online2.snapsurveys.com/de3ti4. This link will go live at noon on May 23, 2023.

Issue Briefs/Materials

These materials consist of short issue briefs on each of the key policy priorities for the College for Leadership Day. The briefs contain specific “asks” of Congress and are intended to be sent electronically to congressional offices following each meeting. Please take the time to thoroughly read the issue briefs well in advance of the event date.  

Need help accessing the meeting? Chat with us. For other questions about the virtual meeting during the meeting, contact Shuan Tomlinson at stominlinson@acponline.org.


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ACP Vaccination and Masking Policy


Currently, the District of Columbia community level of COVID-19 is rated “Low” by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention. Under these community conditions, masking is not required, but ACP encourages masking as a caring precaution to protect each other. If you choose not to mask, please be respectful of others and their level of comfort and be mindful of proximity to those who may not be comfortable without masking due to their personal risk assessment. Every precaution allowable will be taken during meals at the event to help ensure the health and safety of attendees. Dining with the group is a choice based on each individual’s comfort level. 


ACP expects everyone who participates in-person at Leadership Day to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines per the CDC’s recommendations. Up-to-date means having received all doses in the primary series and one booster when eligible, which will be different depending on age, health status, what vaccine was received first and when. A second booster is not necessary to be considered up to date. Anyone who will not be up to date at the time of the event should contact ACP beforehand to discuss their situation and ACP will determine whether or not they may attend.